strutting


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strut

 (strŭt)
v. strut·ted, strut·ting, struts
v.intr.
To walk with pompous bearing; swagger.
v.tr.
1. To display in order to impress others. Sometimes used with out: Don't strut out your resume until you have more accomplishments to list.
2.
a. To provide (a structure) with a strut or struts.
b. To brace or separate with a strut.
n.
1. A pompous, self-important gait.
2. A structural element used to brace or strengthen a framework by resisting stress or compression.
Idiom:
strut (one's) stuff Slang
To behave or perform in an ostentatious manner; show off.

[Middle English strouten, to stand out, from Old English strūtian, to stand out stiffly; see ster- in Indo-European roots.]

strut′ter n.
strut′ting·ly adv.
References in classic literature ?
And you're responsible for it, what of your MAN, who is always the erected, the vitalized inorganic, the latest of the ephemera, the creature of temperature strutting his little space on the thermometer.
"But what's all that to an African sportsman who sees all the animals in creation strutting along under the muzzle of his rifle?
When I have seen a man strutting in a procession, after others whose business was only to walk before him, I have conceived a higher notion of his dignity than I have felt on seeing him in a common situation.
But do not, for goodness' sake, let them go strutting about, as they are so fond of doing, crying out that they are the true models for the whole species.
Here a jeweled duchess, smiling and gracious; here a thin lodging-house keeper, irritable with cooking; and here a wabbling, strutting thing, tawdry in paint and finery.
A cock was once strutting up and down the farmyard among the hens when suddenly he espied something shinning amid the straw.
One guest, H (@hknylcn), was able to film the cat strutting, as if showing the models how to walk the catwalk.